The best time of the year has passed and now we have to go into the rest of the year Oscar-less. So let’s celebrate the lucky select few that walked away with that famous golden statuette and let’s celebrate the incredible strong year in film. I’m sure that phrase has been used before in previous years however I truly believe that 2017 was a best year for film for a long time. Having films like Lady Bird and Get Out breaking the mound there was a lot to celebrate this year.
Even though there were some certainties I would have generally been happy if it had gone either way and there was a feeling this awards season that there was a true love for all films nominated because it was a groundbreaking year for film.
What I love about this year is that the Oscar winners (in the acting categories in particular) were seasoned actors and I love how the Academy recognised actors who have been around for a long time who have had an incredible career and won this year for powerful performances.
The Shape of Water (4 wins)
Best Motion Picture of the Year (Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale)
Best Achievement in Directing (Guillermo del Toro)
Best Achievement in Music Written for the Motion Pictures – Original Score (Alexandre Desplat)
Best Achievement in Production Design (Paul D. Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeffrey A. Melvin)
This is a passion project for Guillermo del Toro who has always stood up for monsters and in this film in particular he speaks out for love and fairytales. Even though this wasn’t my favourite film out of the Best Picture nominees I do admire Toro’s artistry and vision for the film and I would actually like to watch it again because there were some strong themes and the ending was powerful. Now Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri had won at the BAFTAs and Golden Globes for Best Picture so I was expecting that film to win however The Shape of Water did receive 13 nominations and has received a lot of love this awards season so I was still happy with the result.
I’m so happy for Alexandre Desplat winning his second Oscar, the music in the film was almost like another character and was so lush and beautiful; perfectly capturing that Golden Age of Hollywood.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2 wins)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Frances McDormand)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Sam Rockwell)
I loved this film. Bold, strong, darkly comical with powerhouse performances from its cast. That’s why I was so happy with Sam Rockwell winning his first Oscar and especially happy with Frances McDormand winning her second Oscar (first win was Fargo in 1997), It’s great to see a seasoned actor rewarded in this way and she showed us why she is the great actress that she is. Also can she get a 3rd Oscar for her incredible speech please?! Best speech of the awards season for demanding equality and sharing her moment other other female nominees. Well deserved win for McDormand.
Now Three Billboards did win Best British Film and Best Film at the BAFTAs as well as Best Motion Picture – Drama at the Golden Globes so I was expecting for it to win at the Oscars but again with it being such a strong year for film I’m happy either way.
Darkest Hour (2 wins)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Gary Oldman)
Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling (Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick)
My least favourite film of the year, however Gary Oldman rightly won the Oscar for his powerful and transformative performance as Winston Churchill. He had been nominated previously for the first time in 2012 for Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy (2011) and after having an incredibly successful career many were surprised he hadn’t won before so it was great seeing him being rewarded in this way.
Coco (2 wins)
Best Animated Film (Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson)
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures – Original Song – “Remember Me” (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez)
I’m so glad I managed to watch Coco a couple of weeks ago! One of Pixar’s best outings which was emotionally poignant and I loved how respectful they were of the Mexican culture. Now I knew the film would win Best Animation but a pleasant surprise was winning for Best song. As a song itself “Remember Me” is not the strongest in the category, many people thought “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman would win, however in context “Remember Me” is powerful and in that case I’m really happy it won. Not to mention it’s the Lopez’s second Oscar win after winning in the same category for “Let it Go” from Frozen (2013) 4 years ago so well done to them!
Blade Runner 2049 (2 wins)
Best Achievement in Cinematography (Roger Deakins)
Best Achievement in Visual Effects (John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover)
Blade Runner 2049 was my favourite film of 2017 and I’m glad it received recognition for its strong visual elements. I would have loved more recognition in other directors (Denis Villeneuve was nominated Best Director at the BAFTAs at least) but at least it won some awards.
Most notably for Deakins who had FINALLY won as he had previously been nominated 13 times. So I’m glad he finally got recognised and especially for visually lush film like Blade Runner 2049.
Get Out (1 win)
Best Original Screenplay (Jordan Peele)
Jordan Peele made history on Oscar night for being the first African-American to win Best Original Screenplay. I’m so happy Get Out won an Oscar; the film had been nominated 4 Oscars (including Best Picture) bearing in mind it came out in February 2017 so that’s amazing.
Get Out is layered and with multiple viewings you’ll get more out of the film and you’ll love it even more. That’s down to Peele and his Screenplay so I’m happy for his Oscar win.
I, Tonya (1 win)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Allison Janney)
I, Tonya is a bold, brash, comedy/drama and I’m glad Margot Robbie was nominated for her incredible performance as Tonya Harding and in a another year she could have won, but this film was a moment for Allison Janney who has had a long and exciting career so this was her moment and a well deserved one as that. When you watch her in I, Tonya you realise it’s such a transformative role and you see how talented and amazing Janney is in that role.
Call Me by your Name (1 win)
Best Adapted Screenplay (James Ivory)
James Ivory, at the age of 89, became the oldest Oscar winner ever (having previously been nominated as Best Director 3 times) so it was a huge moment for him. It was an emotional moment when he was thanking people he had worked with who had recently passed which shows he’s had a long and successful career and he was rightly recognised for the Oscar this year.
Phantom Thread had been nominated for 6 Oscars (including Best Motion Picture) and it was one of my favourite films of the year, so thankfully it didn’t walk away empty handed as it won for Best Achievement in Costume Design (Mark Bridges) which was his second Oscar win after winning for The Artist (2011) 6 years ago. He even won a speedboat for the shortest Oscar speech so he was the big winner so well done to him!
Dunkirk won 3 Oscars for the technical awards (Sound and Film Editing) which it deserved however because I found the film quite boring I wasn’t really invested with the wins.
Also I’m proud I guessed 15 of the Oscar wins correctly against my friend who guessed 12 correctly so well done me!